May 242013
 

Childhood aggression

Passive smoking smoke can cause children to be more aggressive. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to demonstrate aggressive behaviour, according to a report.

Researchers studied over 2,000 children who were tracked from birth until the age of 10, examining parents reports on secondhand smoke exposure at home as well as reports on classroom behavior from teachers and the children themselves.

Results showed that those exposed to secondhand smoke, even just temporarily, were much more likely to demonstrate antisocial and aggressive behavior at the age of 10. These results were consistent even after accounting for smoke exposure during pregnancy and the parent’s behavioural problems.

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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